Magic Happens Disneyland Parade

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Magic Happens Disneyland Parade debuted in 2020. Read up on all you’ll see and the tips for viewing.

Magic Happens Disneyland parade

Animated stories come to life in the all new Magic Happens Disneyland parade beginning February 28, 2020. 

When we said good-bye to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade in 2019, many were left wondering what day time parade will fill the void. Introducing Magic Happens, showcasing Disney favorites at Disneyland Park.  

 

Disneyland parade Magic Happens
Courtesy Disneyland Resort

 

Like many guests, I grew up watching Disneyland parades and it is one staple of the Disney magic that should be enjoyed by all at least one time during their visit. 

Magic Happens Parade Details

Debuting at Disneyland Resort in February 2020, Magic Happens parade hits all the right notes. If your family loves classic elements of Disney fairytales and the stories of today like Coco and Moana, you have to see this in person. Guests of D23 Expo were treated to the very first look at Magic Happens, including an incredible soundtrack featured in this video. 

 

The music offers a fresh Disneyland parade sound and evokes all the emotions for telling magical stories. “You wish you may, you wish you might . . . Magic Happens!”

 

Moana waves parade

 

Which Disney and Pixar characters are in Magic Happens Parade? 

Magic Happens is led by Mickey Mouse and a shimmering, light up float featuring Mickey’s iconic sorcerer style hat. Along the parade route you’ll also see:

  • Mickey Mouse, as mentioned above
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto
  • Goofy
  • Donald

 

Mickey Mouse parade

 

  • Chip
  • Dale
  • Moana
  • Maui
  • Pua the pig

 

Moana parade disneyland

 

Magic Happens marks the first time Maui makes an appearance at Disneyland! This full-scale “Moana”-inspired float is also the first Moana float to be created for a Disney park and we get it right here at Disneyland. Also from Moana in the parade:

  • Gramma Tala
  • The heart of Te Fiti
  • Hei Hei 

 

heihei moana

 

See the line where the sky meets the sea? If you look carefully you might even spot a couple of your favorite characters from Finding Nemo on the voyage.

 

Moana Disneyland parade
Courtesy Disneyland Resort

 

Remember me? It’s wonderful to see Coco celebrated in Magic Happesn as well. Look out for:

  • Miguel
  • Dante
  • Hector
  • Imelda

Coco Parade float

 

Next up we’ll journey into the unknown with a float inspired by Frozen 2:

  • Anna
  • Elsa

 

Frozen parade disneyland

 

  • Kristoff
  • Sven
  • Olaf 

 

Sven Disneyland

 

Magic Happens isn’t all about everything new, but it does celebrate Disney classics in a whole new way. As the finale approaches, you’ll see some favorites including:

  • Genie
  • Aladdin
  • Tinker Bell
  • Peter Pan
  • Blue Fairy (love her!)
  • Pinocchio
  • Fairy Godmother (love her too!)

The floats and costumes for this parade are nothing short of amazing. I can’t wait for you to see the magic that unfolds at every turn. Along with saying hello to these favorites:

  • Cinderella
  • Arthur from Sword in the Stone
  • Tiana
  • Naveen
Disneyland parade
Courtesy Disneyland Resort
  • Flora
  • Fauna
  • Merryweather
  • Princess Aurora
  • Prince Phillip

Magic Happens Disneyland Seating Guide

My favorite areas to sit during parades are marked on this map and detailed below. Be sure to get your Disneyland discount tickets from our partner, Get Away Today before heading over to Disneyland Resort.

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Where should I sit for Disneyland’s Magic Happens Parade?

These are my favorite spots, explained in detail along with the map pictured. I’ll discuss each spot in details below. 

Disneyland Parade Route

 

  • it’s a small world– This is a great Disneyland parade viewing area because of its easy access to restrooms and food. Choose a place on brick, or come to the terraced levels in this area for a last-minute spot.

 

  • Pixie Hollow– the stretch of parade route in-between Pixie Hollow and Matterhorn is lined with built in benches and narrow parade seating. I love this area because adults have a real place to sit, while kids can sit up close on the brick below. These seats go quickly; mark off your space well and no one will be able to push or sneak in behind you because of the benches and narrow accessibility. It also marks the half-way(ish) point of the parade, no matter which direction its coming from. 

 

  • Town Square– this area is a great last-minute spot and a smart move for people who want to leave the parks as soon as the parade and fireworks are finished. Scout out an area anywhere on brick around the route or up on the steps near the Main Street train station. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note people sitting on the curb will get to remain seating. People behind row 1 or 2 will need to stand. 

 

Magic Happens parade

 

Magic Happens Seating Plan

What’s your game plan for snagging hard to get seats for this new Disneyland parade?

 

Moana dancers Maigc Happens

 

Getting a good seat or spot requires skill and maybe a little patience. Here are three options for snagging a great spot for Magic Happens Parade.

1. Magic Happens Disneyland Parade: Reserved Seating

Reserved spots are the best choice. You get a reserved viewing area with a Magic Happens Parade Dining Package. This is by far my favorite way to get the best spots for any Disneyland parade and I put bets on it that parade packages will be announced spring 2020.

You’ll eat before coming to your parade spot, so timing of your meal does not matter much. Arrive at your reserved seating area at least 60 minutes before the parade begins.

Plaza Inn Magic Happens Parade Dining 

Plaza Inn has hosted many reserved parade spot dining packages. Magic Happens parade also offers reserved parade viewing with a meal from Plaza Inn.

Plaza Inn seating

 

You get your choice of a lunch entree (yes, fried chicken is an option!), one drink (with fountain drink refills), Plaza Inn special credential and a voucher for access to reserved viewing area.

 

Disneyland Plaza Inn chicken

 

Choose any of the available restaurant tables indoors or under the adorable pink umbrellas outside. Later that evening, head to the special reserved viewing area for the parade as noted on your credentials.

Prices and Details:

  • About $40 per adult – tax not included; gratuity not required
  • About $25 per child (ages 3-9) – tax not included; gratuity not required
  • Separate theme park admission is required and not included in the package price
  • Reservations made between 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM will receive a voucher for the day’s first performance of Magic Happens Parade.
  • Use the Check Availability tool to find a table and book online or call (714) 781-3463 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM daily
  • Advance reservations (60 days out) are highly recommended—same-day reservations can be made at the restaurant, but are limited and subject to availability

2. Disneyland’s Magic Happens Parade: hold a spot early

This option is great for a medium to large size group with children and at least 2 adults or teens. Arrive at least 2-3 hours before the parade is set to begin. But keep a look out for people starting to save spots as you walk along the parade route. If people are saving spots, it’s time to get in there and secure yours too!
 
 
Disneyland parade spots
 
 
Bring a towel, blanket or other item to mark off your spot on brick (but not by the train tracks). If you have any concerns about your spot selection, ask a cast member if this is an ok place to view the parade. You don’t want to reserve a spot only to be kicked out later.
 
 
Disneyland parade route
 
 
One adult or responsible teen needs to remain with your things the entire time. If you leave your blanket unattended, it will be removed. This is a good time to people watch, read a book or just relax. Adults can trade off during the waiting period. I’ll let you decide which place you’d rather be—taking the rest of the crew on rides or chilling out on your blanket.
 

3. Disneyland’s Magic Happens Parade: hold a spot later

This option is great for any size group who is not interested in sitting around for hours or getting a dining package. Your job here is to snag an elevated spot along the parade route at the last-minute. Areas near the Main Street Station, steps or stairs along Main Street, City Hall or elevated terraced steps near it’s a small world are your best bet.
 
 
Parade spots disneyland
 

 

Magic Happens Gear

Bonus! I love me some Minnie Mouse ears and gear to go with the show. Magic Happens also has an exclusive line of products to sport during your entire Disneyland vacation. 

 

Magic Happens Headband DL..JS x
(Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
 
Pick up your Minnie Mouse headbands right here before your trip, along with other must-have Disneyland merchandise. Will you be making a trip to see Magic Happens Disneyland parade during your trip?

 

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